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April 21, 2014
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Why it is essential to keep our body hydrated

In order to survive our body depends on water. Every part of our body needs water to function. More than half of our body weight is comprised of water. The human body needs water to regulate its temperature and remove waste and toxins. It is also essential in joints lubrication. It is important to drink a lot of water to maintain good health.

There are different ways that our body loses water. It being going to the bathroom or sweating. Water is lost from the body at a faster rate when the weather gets warmer and more humid.  Water is lost from the body when we exercise or when we have a fever.  Water lost from the body should always be replaced or it will lead to dehydration.

What are the telltale signs of dehydration?

At times people are dehydrated and they don’t even know it. Some of the symptoms that you need to be looking for:

  • Very little urine or when the color of urine is darker than normal
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Intense thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Light headedness

What is the recommended daily intake of water?

waterEveryone is different when it comes down to how much water they should drink. We have all heard the drink 8 glasses of water a day. For most that might be enough and for some they are fine with even less than that. But for those do physical activities and exercise they need more than 8 cups of water per day to stay hydrated and compensate for the water lost during exercise.

Others that can be at risk of getting dehydration are older people or those have a medical condition. For those that get sick and either vomit or have diarrhea are also at a rick of getting dehydration so they should constantly be drinks lots of water.

How can we tell we are dehydrated? You can always tell from the color of your urine. If it is too dark then it’s a sigh of dehydration. Urine should always be either colorless or light yellow.

Be aware that if you have any medical conditions like kidney stones, or if you are breast feeding or you are working outside in a hot humid weather, you should drink more that the recommended value to prevent dehydration.

Other ways to stay hydrated other than drinking water are eating more fruits, drinking milk, juice or tea. Just be careful when you drink carbonated drinks and coffee. You will be including more sugar to your diet than necessary and caffeine will actually make you lose water.  So be careful when you drink energy drinks. They are often high in caffeine and sugar.

For some of us we have the excuse of saying we forget to drink water. Try to make drinking more water part of your daily habits. Drink a cup of water when you wake up or before you go to bed. Try drinking water with your dinner instead of soda.  Remember, the first sign of dehydration is thirst.

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